I hope this is a good discussion post because I am still kaputsky and have no energy to write anything real, so I want you all to comment instead!
This came up because Angie and Alisa and I were going back and forth about who was more beautiful in the 70s, Jaya or Parveen (Jaya of course). Normally I objectify men, but just this once I am going to let us objectify women.
For every decade of Indian film, which actress had the most pure glowing beauty onscreen?
1950s: Madhubala, obviously. You can fight for your Nargis and Nutan and Meena Kumari options, but there is only one right answer.
1960s: Tricky! I kind of want to say Sharmila, but she wasn’t really beautiful so much as pretty. I guess Vyjantimala?
1970s: I’m sticking with my controversial Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan pick! She played a lot of cute peppy characters, but when she let her face go still, there was no one more beautiful.
1980s: Dimple Kapadia! In her returning roles, she had this great maturity and elegance to her.
1990s: Madhuri of course. Which seems like the obvious answer, except there are all those people who claim (incorrectly) that Aishwarya is more beautiful.
2000s: Tricky! Tricky tricky!!! I guess Rani? If we are talking the kind of beauty I mean, the really interesting face you could gaze at for hours, not just the one that follows the rules of proportion and fashion.
2010s: Baring another actress suddenly being discovered in the next 6 months, I think Deepika. She isn’t just tall and slim and all that, she has an infectious smile and I just like looking at her face.
Okay, fight with me! Waheeda Rahman, Sharmila Tagore, Nutan, Nargis, Meena Kumari, Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi, Rekha, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Sara Ali Khan, who are your votes?